Ocean River Paddling Club

ORPC is a Victoria, BC based outrigger paddling club featuring competitive, development and recreational paddling for fitness, sport and for high level racing competition.
Do YOU have what it takes? Are you interested in a fun way to workout in a team environment? We welcome new members and can take you from novice to expert in just a few short decades!

Bridges Inny & Outty Small Information

Inny & Outty Race Information

Registration for the Inny & Outty race opens at 08:15 am this Sunday morning.

Inny Race flag drops at 9:30 am.
Outty Race flag is planned to drop at 10:30

Access to the Ocean River dock with your boat is no longer accessible from the lower Capital Iron Parking Lot. You can launch your boats at Songhees Beach right beside the Delta Hotel. Public parking is available on the Songhees Road. On the following map, Songhees Beach is in the bottom left corner and ORPC is in the upper right corner.
Boats can also be unloaded on Herald Street (side street by Value Village) however parking is pay parking and you will have walk your boat through the gate down the ramp.

Bridges Race 2018

Bridges Race 2018

Registration for Bridges OC6 races on Saturday, October 13 is now closed. If you want to be wait-listed, please e-mail Bridges@orpc.ca Remember to bring your signed waiver on race-day! Bridges 2018 Waiver  Race grid and more information coming soon.

Online registration for small boat races remains open. Please join us on Sunday, October 14, for small boat races (Inny about 6 km in the Gorge, or Outty 10 to 12 km in protected and open water). Link to registration form: Small Boat Registration
Victoria has a new Johnston Street Bridge. Alas, the old blue bridge is gone and has been replaced by a spiffy new white bridge. Come out, bring a crowd, watch races, paddle in races, have fun and see the new bridge.

Island Iron 2018 Success

Island Iron 2018 Success
The Island Iron 2018 OC6 races were held Saturday, June 9 with the Small Boat race held on June 10. We had five teams participating in the short course, 11 teams in the women’s heat, and 18 in the men’s and mixed heat. The wind picked up during the course of the day, and a few hats were lost in Bayne’s Channel. There were five huli’s in the men’s/mixed heat (with one team huli-ing twice), but everyone made it back to shore safe and sound with lots of stories to tell. Results from Saturday are here: Island Iron 2018 OC6 Results

We had 25 people participate on small boat Sunday; with close finishes both in surf-ski and men’s OC1 races. Results from Sunday are here: Island Iron 2018_Small Boat Results

Thanks to all the teams for participating, our team of volunteers, and safety boat services provided by Royal Canadian Marine Services – Victoria and Oak Bay, Jim Pearson and Lorne.

Thanks to Victoria Marine Rescue Society Station 35

Thanks to the Victoria Marine Rescue Society
ORPC sincerely thanks the Victoria Marine Rescue Society for providing safety support for the Island Iron outrigger canoe race held June 9th. Without proper safety for these 6 man outrigger ocean type canoes, the club would not be able to run this great race.

The Station 35 crew members volunteer their time to support marine safety in and around the Victoria Harbour. For more information on this great resource, please visit their web site at http://www.vmrs.org

Wanted – Used OC1 Canoes

WANTED…Good used OC1 Canoes
Ocean River Paddling Club is looking to purchase used OC1 canoes in good shape. We prefer to purchase Hurricane or Huki canoes, but will consider other options.
For further information please email info@orpc.ca.

Huli Technique Reminder

Huli Technique Reminder (training video mahalo Charles Hamper)

An OC6 can go over for many reasons. Too much weight on the right, wind, rough seas, or mistakes made by the sterns. Knowing how to rescue your canoe and paddlers is required within the first year of a new crew and practiced yearly by all experienced crews. Each crew will have different types of bodies in their canoes and so it is not always ideal to have set seats doing set jobs in the recovery. Each crew is encouraged to develop their own set of roles for their paddlers that make the recovery as efficient and quick as possible. However, for the purposes of instruction, we will assume certain seats perform certain roles.

Clubhouse Rebuild

Clubhouse Rebuild

The ORPC clubhouse was suffering from 20+ years on the water and the floor had a 12″ buckle in it deeming the building unsafe. The only way the club could see to rectify the situation was to purchase a ready made float at considerable cost and…